SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation launched an online Community Resource Directory for parolees, their families and other community members in an effort to help offenders successfully reintegrate into their neighborhoods and reduce recidivism.
This new database makes a wealth of information available to help parolees find housing, jobs and services they need to turn their lives around and stay out of prison,” says Elizabeth Siggins, chief deputy secretary at CDCR for adult programs.
The directory links to more than 10,000 statewide organizations, and includes an array of community resources in each county. Users of the directory can search up to 30 categories that include everything from Educational Services, Housing (including Section 8, low cost rental opportunities, sober living home, room and board homes, transitional-living homes, emergency shelters and other housing resources); Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment; and Vocational Services (including job search and vocational training).
“During this time of budget constraints, it’s more important than ever that we provide rapid access to information about community resources so that parolees will become contributors to their families and the community and live a crime-free life,” said Robert Ambroselli, director for CDCR’s Adult Parolee Operations.
To view the online Community Resource Directory, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov .